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Your Guide to Tax-Free Childcare

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Thursday 23 June 2022 in the category Active Families.

Did you know – Fit For Sport’s active services are Ofsted registered, and as a result, we can accept Tax-Free childcare. The scheme allows you to access government-funded payment support that will give you 20% for every pound you pay into your account.

 

How does it work?

As an Ofsted registered provider – Fit For Sport can support families who utilise the government-funded Tax-Free childcare scheme to support payments on your childcare bookings.

The scheme offers eligible families up to £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children) free to put towards childcare costs. Upon a successful application, families will be entitled to 20% additional funds for what you pay into your account. For example, for every £8 you pay, the government will automatically add £2, effectively giving you a basic rate tax back on what you spend.

We understand that sometimes going through the application process can be confusing, and therefore we are here to support you with a helpful guide for your Tax-Free Childcare application.

Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare.

 

Am I Eligible?

According to the government website, Tax-Free childcare is available to:

  • Families with children aged 0-11 (or 0-16 if disabled)
  • Working families, including the self-employed, in the UK
  • Families earning under £100k and at least the National Minimum or Living wage equal to 16 hours a week
  • Families who aren’t currently in receipt of Tax Credits, Universal Credit or Childcare Vouchers

Find out more here.

 

How to use Tax-Free childcare at Fit For Sport 

How to register

Families will need to create an account or sign in to the government childcare services portal below. There is one single application to apply for either the 30 hours of free childcare for nursery-aged children or Tax-Free Childcare for older children. 

To start your application, please follow the step-by-step government guide and the registration link below. 

Start your application today!

 

FAQ’s

You will find further helpful information on how we continue to strive to make childcare affordable for all families here!

 

I can’t find my local Fit For Sport club/camp listed as a provider on the government website; what do I do?

You can select any Fit For Sport Extended School or Holiday Camp location listed on our website. We are in the process of setting each camp location up with Tax-Free childcare, but unfortunately, this can take some time. The funds will reach us regardless of which Fit For Sport site you choose. Please do not select the school location as this will not be paid into us.

 

I’m currently using childcare vouchers – do I now have to register for Tax-Free Childcare, or do you still accept childcare vouchers?

Yes, you can still use your childcare vouchers – however, as this has been discontinued for any new employers from 4th October 2018 - once you’ve stopped using Childcare Vouchers, you only have the option of Tax-Free childcare. 

You can continue to use Childcare Vouchers until your employer stops offering them or you change jobs. Find out more at Help paying for childcare: Childcare vouchers and other employer schemes - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

What if I’m registered for Childcare Vouchers, but Tax-Free childcare would be better for me?

We recommend registering with Tax-Free childcare and subsequently discussing this directly with your employer.


Childcare Vouchers

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Thursday 23 June 2022 in the category Active Families.

At Fit For Sport we pride ourselves on offering families flexibility with multiple payment options to support childcare costs.

Childcare Vouchers are also a popular viable payment method for families. We work with a variety of registered childcare voucher providers allowing families to book using their voucher provider of choice through their employers to make full or part payments.

 

What are childcare vouchers?

The Childcare Voucher Scheme is a UK government initiative aimed at helping working parents to benefit from tax efficiencies to save money on childcare. However, as of 4 October 2018, schemes are closed to new members as the system was phased out in favour of the tax-free childcare scheme.

Existing members are still able to use the scheme with their employer to book sessions with Fit For Sport. This is only applicable to those families who joined a childcare voucher scheme or a directly contracted childcare scheme on or before 4 October 2018

You can keep getting vouchers or directly contracted childcare as long as:

  • your wages were adjusted on or before 4 October 2018
  • you stay with the same employer and they continue to run the scheme
  • you do not take an unpaid career break of longer than a year

You can take up to £55 a week of your wages, which you do not pay tax or National Insurance on. How much you can take depends on the amount you earn and when you joined the scheme.

 

Which Childcare Voucher Providers do Fit For Sport work with?

We work with a number of registered childcare providers – to view the full list of available options please use click here: https://www.fitforsport.co.uk/about-us/fit-for-sport-club-directory.

 

How do I book?

To book all you need to do – is process your regular booking/dates required via your Fit For Sport online account. You can login by clicking here. At the checkout stage of making your booking, please select to pay via ‘Childcare Vouchers / TFC’. This will secure your booking with us. From here - all payments need to be made directly from your Childcare Voucher account.

 

Can I use my Childcare Vouchers to book through an Instalment Plan?

Yes! If you book early and your provider can accommodate it, our flexible payment plans allow families to pay via monthly childcare voucher instalments, helping you spread the cost. Find out more about our full affordability options and how we support our families with childcare costs here: https://www.fitforsport.co.uk/about-us/payment-options

 

Looking for information on the new Tax Free Childcare Scheme?

Follow the link below to start you application and find out more:

 

Please note – families will only be able to use one of the Childcare Voucher of Tax Free Childcare Scheme.

If you are unsure on any of the above please odn’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].


Home Activity | Breathing Colours for Blue Monday

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Friday 7 January 2022 in the category Active Families.

It's important during this time of year to focus on your wellbeing, especially with Blue Monday just around the corner.

That's why we're bringing a range of colours your way that will help to brighten your mood and encourage you to practice mindfulness. Follow our steps below on how to... Breathing Colours.

  1. Have your family sit down together
  2. Get everyone to think of a relaxing colour. This can be any colour you like, as long as it makes you feel calm and relaxed
  3. Imagine that the world around you is in this relaxing colour - the air should no longer be clear, it should be in your colour
  4. Now as you breathe in, think of this colour and imagine that it is filling your lungs
  5. When you breathe out, breathe out any stress, sadness and/or anger
  6. Watch as the colour of your stresses mix with your relaxation colour. Your stress colours will now slowly disappear
  7. Breathe in your relaxing colour
  8. Breathe out your stress colour

Repeat this for 5 minutes.


Home Activity | Big Garden Birdwatch

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Friday 7 January 2022 in the category Active Families.

Supported by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), we're excited for the upcoming Big Garden Birdwatch weekend!

Throughout January, we have scheduled a range of nature-based activities that will keep children active at our Extended School Clubs. But now, it's your chance to get the whole family involved!

Take a look below to see what type of activities you can do at home or at your local park:

Whether you want to get out now or wait for the big weekend to commence (29th & 30th January), here are some benefits these activities will bring:

  • Gets you out and about
  • Opportunity to learn about the different species of birds
  • Great way to keep active
  • You might discover a new hobby/interest

3 fun activities for kids to do at home this summer

3 fun activities for kids to do at home this summer

This summer is packed full of top-level sporting events from the 143rd Wimbledon tennis tournament to the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup. Events like these inspire millions of children and here at Fit For Sport we want to help transfer this inspiration into actual uptake of physical activity. Thus, in light of this, Fit For Sport have come up with 3 fun outdoor activities that your kids can perform to feel like the world class athletes on our TV screens this summer.


How to get the most out of your local park

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Wednesday 26 October 2016 in the category Active Families.

“The nation is in the grip of a cradle to grave inactivity crisis at the moment and 37,000 people will pass away prematurely this year because they haven’t led an active lifestyle. Parks are absolutely fundamental assets that are key to breaking down the barriers to activity that people face.”

This week, ukactive’s Strategic Projects Director, Will Smithard, voiced his concerns over the future of public parks in the UK to a select government committee. This came off the back of a ‘future of public parks inquiry’ that was launched in July this year with councils now under enormous financial pressures and with no legal obligation to fund and maintain public parks.


25 inventive activities to try as a family this summer

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Tuesday 19 July 2016 in the category Active Families.

The summer holidays are a time of the year that most families look forward to with excitement, the time to relax, recuperate and switch off. However, that downtime period can also lead to an increase in inactivity.

ukactive recently revealed that British school children are losing 80% of fitness gained during term time through ‘lazy summer holidays’ which frankly, isn’t acceptable.



Active play dates and parties - What to do when you're outnumbered!

Anyone who has ever hosted a children’s party or playdate will know that active kids are happy kids. Planning a few active games in advance can help make sure that everybody has fun, and you don’t end up playing referee to bored and squabbling youngsters. If you find yourself suddenly in charge of a few more kids than usual, here are some great ideas for keeping them active, interested and (hopefully) behaving beautifully.


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